LIFE | Caring for your tattoo (and yourself)


I may or may not have mentioned that I got my second tattoo late last year. It’s a cat on my left thigh, and it’s a memorial piece for my (really rad) aunt who passed away five years ago in December. The line work is finished, and it needs shading and colouring, but I’m not in a huge hurry to get it done. That’s the thing about tattoos. There’s no rush. They’re not going to go away.

Tattoo aftercare is specific to your artist, and I would never suggest anyone take my advice over a professional’s. I did want to write a bit about caring for your tattoo, though. And how to survive getting a tattoo, although I may not be the best source of advice for this. I fainted after this piece was finished.

FACE | Milani Bella Eyes eyeshadow FOTD


I liked this photo so much that I made it my sidebar profile photo, even though my hand looks weird as hell. Callum says it makes my eyes look swollen, and maybe it does, but if you look close enough you’ll see that’s metallic copper eyeshadow underneath my eyes, and definitely not swelling. This look was mostly to test out the Milani Bella Eyes gel powder eyeshadows – I’ve got Bella Copper and Bella Espresso. I’ve paired it with a couple of new lipsticks, as well as finding that Bella Copper is a dupe for an old MAC favourite.

LIPS | Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheats vs MAC lip pencils

MAC Lip Pencil vs Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat lip liners

I, like the rest of the world, am really into lip liners at the moment. I’ve actually kinda always been into lip liner. I find that, on the whole, they’re easier to control and have better pigmentation and wear time than most lipsticks. I’ve been gradually building my MAC Lip Pencil collection, because there are tons of them and they’re always great, and of course all those neutral-warm-mauve ones are popular at the moment. I also grabbed two Charlotte Tilbury ones as part of my haul last month, so I thought, why not compare them?

TOOLS | Jessup brushes superpost

Jessup makeup brushes on Hyacinth Girl

Jessup makeup brushes are pretty well-known in the bargain-hunting online beauty community. They’re touted as being as good as Sigma, Real Techniques or xoBeauty brushes, but are significantly cheaper. Are they actually though? DON’T WORRY, I BOUGHT ALL OF THEM FROM EBAY TO TRY FOR YOU. In this post I’ll tell you what I think of the Jessup 15pc makeup brush set, and both the large and small 4pc Kabuki makeup brush sets. This is a pretty massive post, so grab a cup of tea and while you’re at it, blow a goodbye kiss in the direction of your other brushes. Trust me.

FACE | I treated myself with a Charlotte Tilbury haul


Oh god, more new makeup? I’ve got a confession to make… I made a few last minute purchases in December before starting my 2015 no-buy. This one I’m justifying as a congratulatory treat I bought myself with my first payment from xoVain. I’ve been back-and-forthing about the price of her products for a while, but this seemed like the perfect time for indulging in a Charlotte Tilbury haul.

This is an image-heavy post, because these products are very pretty. And I have a new camera. I couldn’t help it.

HAIR | The fringe I got and regretted immediately

Growing Out Long Bangs

I got a fringe cut in last time I got my hair done, because I’m an idiot and I was bored with growing my hair out. Of course, I regretted it immediately. The fault is one hundred percent my own, and zero percent Matt’s (he’s my hair stylist). I am lazy when it comes to styling my hair. I’m also not very good at using a straightener, and a straightener is what my fringe needs to look normal.

I wrote about this for xoVain in a post that went up today, but I wanted to include some anecdotes that got cut in the xo editorial process.

FACE | Everyday Face


Christel and Camille have started a series on their blog called Everyday Face, and today it’s my turn to share mine. Over on Makeupper I’m talking skincare, and here on Hyacinth Girl I’ll be sharing the products I used in the finished look, which is also the look above, and is also the look I’m wearing at work nine times out of ten lately.

LIFE | On spending money

Something strange has been happening to me during recent late-night, online cart-filling events: I haven’t felt like buying anything. Maybe it would be more accurate if I said I haven’t felt like spending money on makeup. This happened concurrently with my realisation that a large portion of my makeup goes unused and would, in all honestly, not be missed if it were to disappear.

This is after the box had been raided.

Two things have come out of this. The first is that I filled a box with makeup, took it to work and have distributed the majority of it to friends and colleagues. The second is that I am going to change my spending habits – not a ‘no-buy’, because that is unpleasantly self-inflicted, but a natural adjustment to where my money goes.

Blush Baby Royalty

The lipstick I’m wearing in this post is called Royalty. It’s dark purple. Lorde wears dark purple lipstick a lot of the time and has a song called Royals but I am NOT going to write about that in this post because the last time I wrote about a Blush Baby lipstick I wrote lots about the Spice Girls and someone complained.

The last thing I will say about Lorde is that the lipstick in the MAC Lorde collaboration, Pure Heroine, is not everything I had hoped it would be. It’s an underwhelming shade (why not bring back Punk Couture?) and the opacity leaves something to be desired. This Blush Baby lipstick has everything I’ve ever wanted in a dark purple lip so I just saved myself $40.